Stopped in a store to check out the Fusion today and I actually like the triangular head. Seems easier to aim and that is big for me. I seem to have target alignment issues with drivers that I don't have with irons.
For those who have adjusted their Fusion, if I got a 45.5 inch model and cut a 1/2 inch off the butt to get it to 45, is it easy with the weights to get the swingweight I want? The setup I like is either the Diamana S+ (Blueboard) 70 or D+ (Whiteboard) 70 in stiff. Want to play it at 45 inches and D3.
I play an 80g Whiteboard in my X2 Hot 3Deep and love how it performs. Have always fit these shafts well so am sticking with them, but I know I will hit the Diamana Red stock shaft too high.
Would go with the whiteboard in driver but with this head am worried it will launch too low and possibly spin too low as well. So Blueboard is probably more likely as I also like that the S+ is counterbalanced. I read that the Whiteboard is "not as counterbalanced," though not sure what that means.
If someone can recommend a Rogue that is similar to the Diamanas would consider that too. Had a Rogue Silver and found it too harsh. I usually like a little torque for feel, in the 3.0-3.4 range. I just don't know the different Rogues all that well, buf I did like the Aldila Tour Green and Blue shafts.This is a great thread, interesting observations. Thanks
You can adjust the swingweight by changing the weight. There is a 12g weight for the 44.5 length and a lighter one (5g?) for the longer length. You can probably get other weights tha fit from somewhere like Billybob Golf.
For me, the stndard Fusion is a little light. I had the heavy weight with a regular length but slightly heavier Hzrdus shaft and that felt right to me.
I've tried the Rogue Silver and Black but not in a Fusion. Neither are what I would call low spin, with the Black being slightly higher launch and spin than the Silver
If you like the Whiteboard, I'd try that. I had my best results with the Hzrdus Black and Yellow. Both are low launch and spin, but I have a strong positive AOA, and the Fusion is quite high launching, so I got near ideal numbers.
I own a 9* Fusion w/diamana and a 10.5* Epic Rogue Max 65. Both are stiff. I played the fusion last winter and jumped on the epic bandwagon this spring. As a result, I've not yet played the fusion during good weather. This is in part due to the epic loft (10.5) being more suited to me. The fusion was good but cold weather isn't a fair comparison. The Epic is the longest driver I've played and pretty forgiving.
Fast forwarded to today. I go to a demo to try an Epic in a different shaft and to compare Epic to m1. I ask my buddy (rep) if the are Fusions are selling and he said nearby everyone he has gotten to try it, likes it better than Epic.
He put me in Fusion 10.5* with Recoil 450/F4 at 44.5" and 12g weight. Wow!!! Best hits are near,y as long as Epic and misses are longer than Epic and wow, Fusion was way way way straighter for me than Epic.
I'll be putting the Fusion in the bag for my next round to see if the 9* fusion at 45/46" can compare to the 44.5" w/recoil. I hope it works. If not, I'll be looking for the 44.5" Fusion in 10.5*.
I'm a little surprised the Fusion hasn't gotten at least a bit more love as well.
I'll 2nd (or 3rd, or 4th, or,,,, /rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':rolleyes:' /> ) how straight this driver is. Hard to turn it either way.
I've been out of the country since December and am DYING to try the Epic, launched just after I left /ninja.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':ninja:' /> . But before I left I was having LOTS of driving problems "chasing" a positive AoA.
I treated myself to a birthday present of a very slightly used 9* Fusion driver with the Diamana Red shaft. Now, I've never even tried the Red because a high(er) launch is something I don't need but that was the stock shaft. I have used the Whiteboard and the Blueboard over the last 10 or so years and I do like Diamana shafts.
Got some pretty decent numbers on the LM including a surprisingly low spin rate for such a (presumably) high handicapper's driver, so I bought a recently traded back Fusion for a slight discount ($350).
Anyway, I didn't use it right away. Just used my Cobra Bio Cell+. I HAVE been using it for about 4 months now and I don't find any noticeable improvement (or loss) in length but it is definitely "point and shoot". Hard to curve in either direction, even if you try.
And the Diamana Red ? Well, having stopped chasing the upward AoA and swinging mostly level again I find that if I tee it high it flies high. If I tee it down I hit low bullets. D'Ohhhhhhhh.
An added plus - I can tee it low and hit a "punch drive", sawing off the follow through, giving up about 20 yards but hitting it dead straight - and into the wind this shot works verrrrrry well.
Net-net I get back to the states in 3 weeks and can't wait to try the Epic. I also expect I'll try to pick up a few different shafts to try with the Fusion (a bonus that they'd fit the Epic as well if I get one of those). I'm thinking the Tour AD line. I actually hit a Titleist D3 and an XR14 Pro a few times here on the course, both with Tour AD shafts (1 MJ-6 and the other an MT-6) and smacked them right down the pipe as well.
And of course because of the few swings with the XR Pro I want to try the XR16 Pro as well !!! Maybe the Sub Zero too !!! /laugh.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='' /> /laugh.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='' /> /laugh.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='' />
I put the Fusion 10.5 with the 44.5 recoil in play for four rounds so far and it just wants to go straight. Very consistent driver. To say I'm pleased is an understatement.
Anyone have a view on the 9 degree head vs 10.5? Some clubs launch higher than others regardless of loft. I generally prefer to get the lower-lofted head and loft up a degree as needed, as elevation is typically not an issue for me. But if this club is super low spin, I might opt for the 10.5 head.
I tested both the 9* and the 10.5* before purchasing and I found the 10.5* had a more consistent ball flight. Also went with the shorter shaft with the 12 gram weight in the head and I'm hitting the centre more often and no distance loss. If anything, I'm longer now.
Best place to buy? 10.5* Recoil 450 F4 @ 44.5"
Best place to buy? 10.5* Recoil 450 F4 @ 44.5"
New? Best price I have seen for that club is $359.99 on eBay. Used are running $250-$300, depending on condition. I think they initially were $449 retail?
Sold my original 9* Fusion with 5g weight in stiff Diamana red at the standard longer length. Although I hit it well, I felt the loft was too low.Loft was too low
Therefore, a Fusion 10.5* with 12g weight and Recoil 450 stiff at 44.5" is in route to battle the Epic. Due Monday.
Currently hitting the Epic very well on the course on good days. Not so good on bad days. I demo' the Epic, Fusion and m1 on a day I had a very poor swing. The 10.5* Fusion at 44.5" indicated I hit the Fusion much better when swing is poor.
Battle to begin as soon as Monday.
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